Need help with your unruly locks?
Then join me as I go undercover, to discover the best shampoo and conditioner products for your hair.
Hair is a natural extension of who you are.
The cut, length, and colour say a lot about someone’s personality – and let’s face it, most of us put a lot of time and money into caring for our hair.
With so many different brands available, it is not always easy to know which are the best shampoo and conditioner to choose from.
As many of my readers know, I am all about transparency and I appreciate that when it comes to your hair products, there is no magic formula – even the best shampoo and conditioner treatments will only offer subtle changes.
If you’re keen to know what are the best hair care products are for your hair type, I have put together this simple road map that will help maintain your luscious locks:
Get to Know your Hair
Before you can even think about which are the best shampoo and conditioner to use, get to know your hair by carefully analysing the texture and condition.
Did you know that your hair falls into one of the following categories?
Change your Brand
Ingredients can build up on the shaft of your hair, so make sure you don’t just stick to one brand; rotate them every few months.
Try an apple cider vinegar rinse once in a while, which will help to naturally detoxify your hair – a subject I touch upon in the article, “The Best Natural Shampoo Ingredients“.
Use a product specifically formulated for your hair
Don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer scale of shampoo and conditioner brands available, narrow your choice, by selecting the function you want to achieve.
The best shampoo and conditioner
Shampoos cleanse the hair of pollutants and oils that build up on the hair shaft.
These formulae offer many benefits:
- Some offer oil control
They contain higher than usual amounts of detergents, which gives them more lather; helping to thoroughly cleanse the hair.
Whilst all shampoos do the same role, cheaper brands that use harsh surfactants will strip the hair of its beneficial oils.
We need to keep these natural oils in our hair as they have a protective role and make the hair shaft more flexible and waterproof. Try to ensure the formula you use is as natural as possible, and free from damaging sulphates.
Thickening and Volumising Shampoo
These formulae work well on fine hair.
However, the trade-off is that the formula tends to not contain as many conditioning ingredients, so the hair often ends up looking dull.
These work by temporarily adding shine, using polymers and silicones added to the formula.
The best advice is to rotate your shampoos, alternating between moisturising and volumising formulas.
The results these offer are anti-frizz, strengthening, colour protect, straightening, and hydrating.
These are usually recommended for dry, over-processed hair, and contain moisturising agents such as silicones which help to help keep your hair shaft smooth.
There are a number of styles to choose from:
Rinse out Conditioners
These coat the hair, preventing it from getting tangled.
These are often referred to as deep conditioners and work to smooth the cuticle, which can become damaged from over-processing.
Marketed as suitable for even the most sensitive of scalps, this generally means they don’t contain as much detergent.
If you have a dry, flaky scalp, then medicated conditioners that contain ingredients to control itching and flaking are going to be useful for you.